Set 1: d1t01 - Tuning d1t02 - New Minglewood Blues d1t03 - Dire Wolf d1t04 - El Paso d1t05 - Brown Eyed Women d1t06 - It's All Over Now d1t07 - Don't Ease Me In d1t08 - Looks Like Rain d1t09 - Althea d1t10 - Lost Sailor -> d1t11 - Saint Of Circumstance
Set 2: d2t01 - China Cat Sunflower -> d2t02 - I Know You Rider d2t03 - Easy To Love You d2t04 - Ramble On Rose d2t05 - Terrapin Station -> d2t06 - Playing In The Band -> d2t07 - Drums -> d3t01 - Space -> d3t02 - Not Fade Away -> d3t03 - Stella Blue -> d3t04 - Sugar Magnolia
March 9, 2021 Subject:
As I’ve noted in previous posts, I always read everyone else’s comments before writing mine. And it constantly amazes me how rosy every show is cast, no matter what the show is like? I think this is a particularly good example of it, because L. Rosey in the other SBD review is correct - “...the previous night has more energy.” And that’s not hard to perceive when there is NO energy at all. Bob’s version of Minglewood is still in the 9/2 and 9/4 Pat Boone-ish phase. Thank god it vanished quickly! I wish I could say this is an average GOOD show, but I can’t. So, sorry to rain on everyone’s parade.
The (most likely) Hell’s Angel’s motorcycle reving during drums is funny. The PITB jam is good and I like the no-outro vocals going straight into drums. NFA isn’t too bad, which is pretty hard to screw up. I’m kind of surprised that Kbmill and Omniverse are the only reviewers who mention the nice transitions of Space > NFA > Stella Blue? That caught my ear. I sped up Sugar Magnolia a bit because it dragged. And the soundboard is decent, but still needed reverb for sustain and room ambiance - with Jerry just barely holding it together vocally. That’s about it with any recommendation for the show.
...After Our Heroes Excursion In Lobster Land And With More Than A Few Diversions On The Way. We Find Him Entering New York City On The First Night Of A Three Night Run In The Backseat Of A '68 Mustang With A Hole In The Muffler Preparing Him For The Toxic Atmosphere He Was About To Encounter Within The City Limits. A Clunk And A Bang Found My Companions And I Broke Down In A Bus Pull Off Not Far From The "Garden." Upon Finding The Muffler In Question Several Hundred Feet Behind Us. We Retrieved It And Began Hasty Repairs. Luckily Several Clothes Hangers Were Found Discarded Near A Trash Can And The Driver Began His Attempts At Reattachment. I Took The Oppurtunity To Dispose Of Some Trash Accumulated On The Trip. Putting It Into The Already Overloaded Trashcan. I Was Horrified To See It Explode In An Eruption Of Rats, Who Ran Down A Small Hill Just Beyond A Guardrail. After Several Minutes The Brazen Rodents Crept Up The Hill And Towards Their Trashcan. The Driver On His Back Frantically Tieing Off The Muffler, Me Waving A Large Piece Of Cardboard To Fend Them Off. Mission Accomplished We Leapt Into The Car And Were Off. Wishing We Had Not Taken Our Doses, Despite Our Lateness Until We Arrived At Our Destination. Yet Fortune Was With Us And We Made It On Time And Settled In For The First Show. It Seemed The Band Had Done The Same. The Show Was Good But Not As Strong As Rochester Or Augusta. We Were Put Up The Next Day By Kind Folk In Connecticut. Who Allowed Us To Park,Sleep And Even Use The Family Pool. ( Put In Mind Of The Mothers "Let's Make The Water Turn Black," As A Dozen Road Weary Dead Heads Took Advantage Of The Facilities To Wash Away Five Days Worth Of Road Dust. We Took The Train Into The City And The Famous Sucrets Box (See 2 Prior Date Reviews) Made Sure It Was An Electric Ride. The Show Of The 5th Was Far Better. Growing Stronger All The While And Finishing With A Fine Second Set. That Night On Our Return We Found We Had Warn Out Our Welcome In CT., As The Neighbors Had Summoned The Authorities. We Were Soon Hunkered Down In A Rest Stop. Three People In The Mustang. I Eventually Went Into The Nearby HOJO's Where I Learned We Were In The Throes Of The Remnants Of The Mighty Hurricane "David". I Sat And Watched The Little Mustang Rocked By The Wind And Lashed By Driving Sheets Of Rain. The Manager Of The Howard Johnson's Had Us All Move To The Far Side Of The Building In Case The Large Glass Windows Shattered. We Could Literally See Them Bend With Each Gust. I Was Fortunate Enough To Meet Good People And Coffee And Stale Donuts Were Provided Free Of Charge. It Was There I Met An Elder "Hobo' Who Called Himself "Turnpike Tom." Whether He Was The Subject Of Steve Goodman's Song Or No, I Know Not, But A Fascinating Character He Was. Dawn Broke On The 6th And My Road Companions Had No Idea What Had Taken Place. Just That The Back Window And Seat Were Soaked And The Parking Lot Was Full Of Debris. We Reentered The City Early And Found A Small Radio And T.V. Store Near The Garden Where Our Driver Spent All Our Collected Gas Money For Blank Tapes And Batteries. (Lesson Do Not Buy These Items In Manhattan) We Were Left Broke Due To His Belief We All Still Had Some Money Left For Our Homeward Trip To Virginia. Not So. Anyway Our Spirits Were Brightened By This Amazing Finale To The Three Night Stand. Road Hard And Put Up Wet. We Settled Into Seats Behind The Stage. Too Wore Out To Wrestle The Crowd. Who Pushed To The Stage All Night Long. After The Start Of The Second Set We Observed Three Or Four Individuals Behind The Amps Gathered Together In A Ritualistic Celebration. Binoculars Showed That They Were Indeed Building A Small Fire, Which They Danced And Chanted Around. A Older Head Sitting Next To Us Said He Thought One Was Ken Babbs And Another Dr. Richard Albert (Baba Ram Dass.) And A White Hared Gentleman Was Said To Be Mr. Leary Hisself. The True Identification Of This Group I Never Learned But We Watched As The Fire They Built Grew To A Good Size Campfire Like Blaze Before Being Broken Up And Extinguished By Members Of The Road Crew. Much To The Displeasure Of Said Pranksters. Likewise,The Second Set Was Particularly Hot. The China Cat-> Rider Opener Setting The Tone And Making Up For The One On The 4th. The Ramble On Rose Sent The New York Crowd Crazy. With The "Just Like New York City" Line The Push To The Front Looked Like A Wave From Behind The Stage. A Quick Warning To Move Back Was Ignored By One Group Of Extra Exuberant Fans. Who Pushing Forward Just In Front Of Phil And Presented Him With A Large Box Turtle. Phil Pushed Past Security, Gently Took The Turtle, Raised Him Up And Presented It To The Crowd. The Turtle Madly Moving It's Little Legs All The While,Then Gave Him To A Crew Member Who Carried It Backstage. The Beginning Chords Of Terrapin Were Struck And The Show Kicked In In Earnest. Finishing Finally With A Tumultuous Sugar Mag And The Strongest Johnny B. Goode I've Heard Live Or On Tape Since The Fall Of '77. Jerry Pulling An Extended Solo Away From Weir As He Attempted To Start The Second Verse. Then Culminating In A Crescendo Of Garcia's Best Chuck Berry Jamming As A Roll Of Toilet Paper Thrown From Deep On The Floor, Arched Gracefully Over The Crowd, Unfurling All The Way To Land At His Feet As He Brought The Show And The Mini Tour To A Crashing End. ...Somehow We Were Able To Get Gas Money And As We Road Blissfully Back To The Old Dominion. We Were Lulled With Carbon Monoxide Visions Of That Fantastic Finale. For Always Grateful, To The Band, The Crew And All Of You. The Peoples Who Made Up Our Phenomenal Phamily.
November 1, 2015 Subject:
during rider after bob's verse 'sun gonna shine...' they go back to the chorus and not awkwardly as in mistakenly then they go to the guitar break before 'headlight..cool colorado rain ..'
in later years garcia would skip the guitar break after bobs verse 'sun gonna shine...' and go directly to his verse 'cool colorado rain.' which to me was a bit lackluster after all we came to hear Garcia PLAY
October 6, 2014 Subject:
I commented on Bobby's odd phrasing of the Minglewood lyrics on the opening night of this run, an oddness that continues for this performance. He's searching for something, but I don't hear what quite yet.
I really like the Not Fade Away transition to Stella Blue - so much that I thought it was kind of rare. It's not, but this one really stands out.
On the other hand, a second set Ramble On Rose in the post break era is pretty unusual, particularly with Brent. After 12/30/81, it is only played in the first set, although it is played many, many times.
June 15, 2014 Subject:
Garcia death threat # 1??
Was this night the first death threat against Garcia?
Anyway, The house lights were on for the entire evening as Phil says early in the show, "The light's are on so we can see you, you can always see us so tonight we want to see you."
So Garcia being Garcia sings DON'T MURDER ME for his first song of the evening!!
The China---) Rider is straight up FIRE!!!
Charlie's re-mix sounds fantastic as usual
September 16, 2011 Subject:
Best of the 3?
Having listened to each of these 3 MSG shows, I find this one the best overall, though each offers something special.
Consistently above average versions of first set songs, I especially enjoyed the BE Women. Althea is reserved, but much improved from the trainwreck in Glens Falls. Sailor>Saint may be the weak link in the chain, it's hard for me to truly enjoy any of these early Saints with the misfit lyrics, but the playing is fine.
In set 2 the China > Rider is really nice, as has been mentioned. A little more directed than 9/4, which I find special as it's really open within the songs as well as through the transition. Easy to Love You and Ramble on Rose don't have much that stands out, nor is the Terrapin particularly special to my ear, but the Playin > Drums (with motorcycle) > Space(more like a Jam) > NFA > Stella is delicious. Credit for a particularly creative transition into Stella Blue, though not quite perfectly executed.
4 stars for just about everything.
September 29, 2010 Subject:
The reason this jam is a little different is that Bobby's power amp blew up. I was right behind the stage when it happened and got to witness all the mayhem as they dug up a spare and got it wired in. this was a really fun show and I was sure the PA was coming down by the end of the night.
Another nice memory is that when they hit first note of the jam in Playin' they turned a lot of the house lights on. It was a really cool effect, just took the energy right off the stage and out into the house, a perfect moment!
I also got to witness the chopper revving up during drums from pretty close. Never saw that before or since (although the Angel driving his chopper through the crowd at UMass in '79 comes close)!
December 16, 2009 Subject:
Second what the last reviewer said!
I usually grow weary of hearing brent era china>riders. Just not one of those classics that kept its luster by comparison of the 70s heyday versions. Especially since I feel the one's with Keith sounded fuller perhaps, since the china jam is kind of jazzy in a way. Either way, something just got sloppier about this segue in the Brent Era. BUT... this version is quite good! I've only listened to this thus far, but quite an extra effort on the China Jam! Almost an 8 minute china cat with great interplay on everybodys part. If only they had spent more time rehearsing this classic back into normal rotation so they all could have sounded this good.
PS- another great sleeper 80s China Rider is the 1982.10.10 frost show. In a different way, but still equally great!
September 11, 2009 Subject:
Still one of the best china/rider transitions of all time
August 17, 2008 Subject:
End of a great 3 show run
Got to see all 3 of these shows and it was fun fun fun.
First Dont Ease(before they cheesed it up, lol).
Isnt this the show where the speakers above the band were literally rocking back and forth during Sugar Mag? I have vivid images of Jerry looking up and being just a bit worried!
And after the JBG encore, nobody would leave. Some clown came on stage and gave the old Elvis line "The band has left the building!"
What a shame kids nowadays cant enjoy such nonsense, maybe they would lighten up.